Arrowhead Regional Quality Council Program Coordinator
How did you first get involved with the Quality Council and The Arc?
I decided to apply for the position of Arrowhead Regional Quality Council Coordinator after reading the job description and talking to the Executive Director of Arc Northland. At the time I was working from home as an HR consultant for a large corporation. The work was fast paced and challenging, but I missed being able to meet with people face to face and wanted to find a way to make changes in my community. My past work experiences have been working as a job coach, a job developer, as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and as an ADA and HR Consultant. I had worked for a non-profit service provider, the State of MN and a large private corporation. I was eager to try working for a small, locally run advocacy organization where the focus of my work would be quality improvement and the sharing of best practices.
What do you enjoy the most about the work you do?
Over the last year, I have been involved in a great variety of projects and been able to meet people living and working in many different situations. One of my favorite projects over the last year was planning Arc Northland’s Annual Picnic and Legislative Forum. I learned a ton about local politics and was able to work with our self-advocate’s group, People First, to prepare for the event. I got to meet with several self-advocates from this group to help them prepare their stories and questions for elected officials and candidates. It was rewarding to see self-advocates sharing their concerns and asking questions and then later having one-on-one conversations with officials and candidates. I think this event helped raise awareness of how local issues, such as pedestrian safety, affect people with disabilities.
What would you like to say to people who may be reading this for the first time, and to those who are more familiar with The Arc, the State/Regional Quality Council, and other similar organizations?
Participating in the Arrowhead Regional Quality Council, either as a council member, quality reviewer or by participating in an interview, gives you the opportunity to affect the quality of life of people with disabilities in our region. The ARQC brings people together who have life and work experience with disabilities, to work on creating ways to address gaps in services and promote best practices. By hearing directly from individuals with disabilities about how well services and supports in their lives are helping them meet their needs, goals and dreams, we will learn what we are doing well and what changes we need to make.
Fast Facts about Zoey:
What is most important to me:
- Making in a difference with the work I do
- Having time to spend with family and friends
- Getting exercise every day
- Being challenged and learning new things
- Taking naps
- Having alone time
- Good coffee
- Decorating and cleaning my house
How to support me:
- Give me feedback on how I’m doing
- Don’t be afraid to joke around
- Let me have time to myself
- Don’t mess with my naps or my coffee
- Ask if you can help because I don’t like to ask for help
- Follow through on commitments